The power of a retweet

I wrote a blog post recently that I delighted in writing, and that people, it seems, delighted in reading.  It drew from experiences from 15 years ago, and highlighted the need to treat deadlines with the respect they deserve.

The post drew no comments.  But it drew a lot of hits.  (The term a lot here is relative to the number of hits drawn by most of my posts.)  The bit.ly link that drew people to the post itself via a Twitterfeed URL that adorned my Twitter feed drew 94 clicks.  By way of comparison, most of my posts draw fewer than 20 hits via the same route.

The reason: the retweet.

Paul Clarke retweeted my original tweet within four minutes, together with a humbling pleasantry.

RT @danosirra: Blogged: knowing when to stop http://bit.ly/87wyGE < Dan. You are great. Please can we meet soon.

Now Paul is a well-respected figure, with 1,855 followers without, it seems, actively looking to build his following.  He just writes interesting stuff and has wide respect and appeal.

Seven minutes later, the lovely Emma Mulqueeny (who I also only know electronically) acknowledged the post.

The snail like snakings of SWTrains means I can read all those blog postings @danosirra loved yrs, brilliant

And five minutes later, Chris Thorpe, who I don’t know, retweeted Paul’s retweet.

RT @paul_clarke: RT @danosirra: Blogged: knowing when to stop http://bit.ly/87wyGE < awesome. may have to frame this

The attention brought a smile to my face.  But it also highlighted the power of the retweet.  I’d noted that I should write a post about the subject two weeks earlier, but only noted its relevance midway through writing it.  It was lovely to receive such compliments, and delightful to see so many clicks as a direct result of some lovely twitterers.

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